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Looking Back At Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble ‘Texas Flood’ – The New York Times

Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble, the band that Stevie Ray Vaughan fronted for years, sat in a North Austin coffee shop on a recent afternoon, trying to wrap their heads around the last three decades. Things are coming into focus with the release of the 30th-anniversary Legacy Edition of Texas Flood, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s debut album.

…Mr. Layton said he remembered thinking Texas Flood, released in June 1983, had a lot going against it. The album was raw and muscular, flush with guitar histrionics and deep Texas blues, mixing both original compositions and tunes from Howlin’ Wolf, the Isley Brothers and Buddy Guy. It was a departure from the Billboard Hot 100, which featured singles from Culture Club and Men at Work.

…“Right after the record came out, we pulled up to the place where we were supposed to perform in San Francisco,” Mr. Shannon said. “We’d played there a few times before to maybe 50 people. Now there were hundreds outside that couldn’t get in. We pulled up and thought, ‘Who’s playing here tonight?’ We couldn’t fathom they were here for us.”

Read more at The New York Times.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood

Live At Ripley’s Music Hall 1983 From ‘Texas Flood’ 30th Anniversary Edition – Guitar World Exclusive

GuitarWorld.com has an exclusive stream of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble performing live at Ripley’s Music Hall, Philadelphia, on October 20, 1983. This live set is available in the deluxe, 30th-anniversay edition of Texas Flood, in stores now!

The reissue includes liner notes by music historian Ashley Kahn. In his notes, he writes, “The story of Texas Flood — more than any other recording by the guitarist — is the story of Stevie Ray. The album stands closest to his personal roots, roots that grew from a loamy mix of deep Southern blues, Texas R&B, and white-boy rock ‘n’ roll.”

Listen and read more at Guitar World.

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‘Texas Flood’ Legacy Edition In Stores Now! Enter To Win An SRV Signature Model Fender Stratocaster

Today is the day that you can get Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s expanded Texas Flood two-disc 30th anniversary edition! To celebrate the album’s release, we’ve teamed with Fender, Ultimate Classic Rock and GuySpeed to give one lucky fan a Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model Stratocaster valued at $2,399.99. Ten runners-up also will win the Texas Flood Legacy Edition album.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster is modeled on “SRV #1.” The three-color sunburst guitar has a maple neck with a pau ferro fingerboard, three “Texas Special” single-coil pickups, left-handed tremolo placement, Vaughan’s signature on the neck and his initials printed on the pickguard.

To enter, simply follow @ultclassicrock and @guy_speed on Twitter and re-tweet the announcement of the giveaway by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. A winner will be chosen at random.

Read more at Ultimate Classic Rock.

Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model Fender Stratocaster

‘Texas Flood’ 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition Coming January 29th!

LEGACY RECORDINGS RELEASING 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF TEXAS FLOOD, THE ALBUM DEBUT OF STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN AND DOUBLE TROUBLE, FEATURING PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED PHILADELPHIA LIVE SET FROM 1983

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Texas Flood
(2-CD 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition)
Available Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announces the release of an expanded two-disc 30th anniversary edition of Texas Flood, the electrifying debut album by the American blues rock trio Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, available everywhere Tuesday, January 29, 2013.


A live sensation on the Austin, Texas club circuit since the late 1970s, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble–Stevie Ray (guitar, vocals), Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris “Whipper” Layton (drums)–turned in a particularly memorable show at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 1982, catching the ears of David Bowie (who enlisted Stevie Ray for his Let’s Dance album) and Jackson Browne (who offered the band free use of his Los Angeles recording studio). Accepting the offer, Stevie Ray and Double Trouble recorded several tracks over a whirlwind three days (with day one mainly devoted to setting up equipment) with the resultant tracks grabbing the attention of legendary record producer John Hammond, who’d discovered and signed Bob Dylan, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin and many others. Hammond brought Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble to Epic Records, which released the remastered tracks as Texas Flood in 1983.

Executive produced by John Hammond, the original Texas Flood album was produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and engineer Richard Mullen. The Legacy Edition of Texas Flood is produced by Gregg Geller (who, as head of Epic’s A&R 1983, signed Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble to the label).

An immediate and surprising success, Texas Flood peaked at #38 on the Billboard 200 while “Pride and Joy” shot up to #20 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album’s title track was nominated for a Best Traditional Blues Performance Grammy while “Rude Mood” grabbed a Grammy nom for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The album has sold more than 2 million copies since its original release.

Originally released on Epic Records on June 13, 1983, Texas Flood, an unapologetic apotheosis of electric blues supercharged for a post-disco post-punk pop world, introduced audiences to a soul-filled sound that existed outside both the mainstream and underground tastes of its era. The album opened the gates of a fiery blues resurgence with Stevie Ray Vaughan signature compositions like “Pride and Joy” and “Love Struck Baby” flowing naturally alongside covers of deep blues and R&B standards by Howlin’ Wolf, the Isley Brothers, Buddy Guy and Larry Davis.

Disc One of the 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition of Texas Flood includes the original album in its entirety with the bonus track “Tin Pan Alley” (aka “Roughest Place in Town”).

Disc Two of the newly expanded Texas Flood will premiere a previously unavailable hour’s long set of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble live at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia. Recorded on October 20, 1983 for a WMMR broadcast, the extraordinary Ripley’s performance finds Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble coming straight out of the gun already at an undeniable peak of their formidible powers.

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood

Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble – >Texas Flood
(2 CD 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition)

Disc OneTexas Flood
Love Struck Baby
Pride and Joy
Texas Flood
Tell Me
Testify
Rude Mood
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Dirty Pool
I’m Cryin’
Lenny

Bonus track:
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)

Executive Producer: John Hammond
Produced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Richard Mullen and Double Trouble

Disc TwoLive at Ripley’s Music Hall, Philadelphia, October 20, 1983
Testify
So Excited
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Pride and Joy
Texas Flood
Love Struck Baby
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Tin Pan Alley (aka Roughest Place In Town)
Little Wing/Third Stone From The Sun

Previously unreleased

The 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition of Texas Flood includes extensive liner notes by noted music historian Ashley Kahn (A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album; Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece). In his notes, Kahn writes, “The story of Texas Flood—more than any other recording by the guitarist—is the story of Stevie Ray. The album stands closest to his personal roots, roots that grew from a loamy mix of deep Southern blues, Texas R&B, and white-boy rock ‘n’ roll. It echoes his earliest triumphs as a guitarist, and serves as the triumphant finish-line to a ten-year run of hustling and scuffling that began in 1973, when the Dallas-born, 18-year old left home for the Austin music scene.”

SOURCE Legacy Recordings

Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the loss of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Given the magnitude of Stevie’s recorded legacy, it’s hard to believe his career as a solo recording artist for Epic lasted only seven years. This electrifying shot was taken at what must have been an awesome CBS sales conference in Honolulu, just prior to the release of SRV’s second LP in 1984. Please share your thoughts and memories in the comments below and at SRV’s Facebook page.

Stevie Ray Vaughan in Honolulu

Heart Of Texas Music Store To Relocate In South Austin

If you’ve ever hung out at Ray Hennig’s Heart of Texas Music on South Lamar, you may have heard this story before: In 1974, Chris Geppert, who later won five Grammys as Christopher Cross, showed up and traded in a beat-up Stratocaster. The next day, Stevie Ray Vaughan stopped by and took a shine to it.

“Damn, Stevie, that’s the biggest piece of s*** I’ve ever traded for,” Hennig recalls telling Vaughan. The guitarist told him it had the feel he was searching for and took it home on loan. In time, that “piece of s***” became one of music’s most iconic guitars: Vaughan’s legendary “Number One.” Hennig recounted the tale a couple weeks ago when he explained why he was having a moving sale.

“They’re putting condos in,” the elderly go-to guitar tech explained. “It’s no big deal for us. After 50 years, customers will look me up.”

Read more at The Austin Chronicle.